The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is an incredible resource for artists, curators, educators, students, collectors and countless other individuals interested in the ceramic arts. This year, NCECA celebrated its 50th Anniversary Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where over 6,000 clay lovers—which included many members of Savannah Clay Community, were there to experience this notable event. The focus was appropriately placed on “Makers, Mentors and Milestones” where the aim was to “reflect on the past, present and future of art and learning with clay.”
For this article, we chose to give a fresh perspective on the conference by introducing you to Austin Smith. Austin is an emerging ceramic artist and SCAD Savannah student (BFA, Painting and Ceramic Arts minor) set to graduate in spring 2016. This was her first time attending a NCECA conference, and we hope that her perspective will encourage others to make the journey next year to Portland, Oregon to experience this amazing event.